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Romo Gathering the Troops and Other Cowboy Tidbits

Posted By David Willow On May 14 2011 @ 3:06 pm In Dallas Cowboys | No Comments

Before I begin the blog i think it fitting to acknowledge the passing of Cowboy great Ron Springs, who passed away this Thursday (May 12th). Recently known for a generous donation made by longtime friend Everson Walls, who donated a much needed kidney to him, Springs later fell into a coma after an operation on his elbow in 2007. Cowboys fans, like myself, send out our condolences to the Springs family and their loved ones for their loss and ours of this Cowboy great.

Onto Cowboys news, Tony Romo has been reported to be gathering players for organized workouts and team drills, in which around 40 players have reportedly shown up to. If your a Cowboys fan you have to be looking at this as a positive not just for the fact that players are showing up to practice during after a much belated agreement has yet to be reached by the NFL and NFLPA, but for the fact that Romo was the one who organized it. It was reported that Romo took the initiative to send a call out to the entire team (rookies included) and was able to get around 40 players on offense and defense to show. That is a highly positive sign for the Dallas quarterback who has been slammed over the years for not doing just that, taking initiative and leading the team. Now I’m very aware that Romo is not the first and certainly not the only quarterback gathering his players for workouts, but that fact that he organizing these workouts and trying to build chemistry at this point in the summer is can be nothing but a positive sign and beneficial to the team. Perhaps Romo is realizing that his golfing career can begin when his football career ends and doesn’t need to pursue it for and extended period during each off-season, as the physical gifts needed are necessarily limited to the young in the sport, or maybe he realized that he is 31 and the window may be starting to shrink on him. Either way, this is reassuring news for fans and definitely a good sign for the team.

The rookie season for DeMarco Murray is going to be under the microscope more so than any of the other rookies the Cowboys drafted this year. Murray was taken in the 3rd round and Jerry is not likely to have taken him in the 3rd round to have him just return the ball and play special teams. In fact, I don’t think he should play special teams with the injury bug that he has shown during his college years. However, this is a league that has become reliant on the depth at the running back position and is sporting less and less every down 20 carry a game backs. So maybe the fact that he isn’t likely to be given 20 touches a game will benefit him in his transition into the pros. The biggest knock on Murray and subsequently the reason myself and others are clamoring repeatedly about his injury issues is because of his upright running style an issue that another former Sooner back by the name of Adrian Peterson had coming into the league. Most football analyst were worried when Peterson came into the league because of his upright running style and predict on a weekly basis that that dog wouldn’t hunt in the pros, so to speak. It didn’t either, Peterson got hurt in his rookie season against the Packers. He luckily didn’t suffer a long term injury, but the injury probably opened his eyes and ears allowing his running back coach Eric Bieniemy to help him modify his style a bit. This is not to compare Murray to Peterson by any means, however, since coaches can’t coach him it does mean that he may not adjust into the league as quickly as some may expect leaving lots of room to criticize early on this season.

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